Bolivian Monkeys


    Bolivia Monkeys

    Bolivia is a South American landlocked country; known as the most isolated country on the continent, around 60% of its population comprises Indigenous Peoples[1].

    The nation is also home to 25 species of New-World monkeys, though just two are endemic to it: the Beni titi monkey (Plecturocebus modestus) and the Ollala Brothers’ titi (Plecturocebus olallae).

    The latter, an endangered species, is known for its energy-conserving behavior—during drier seasons, it will move around less to get food, and, instead of scouring for particular fruits as it usually does, it will settle for consuming more common foods, such as seeds and fungi[2].

    This efficient dietetic strategy helps the Ollala Brothers’ titi to suitably live in the Llanos de Moxos wetland of the Amazon Rainforest.

    Other common monkey species in Bolivia include the saddleback tamarin (Leontocebus fuscicollis), the Bolivian red howler monkey (Alouatta sara), and the black-headed night monkey (Aotus nigriceps).

    Bolivian Monkeys

    Here are the various species of monkeys living in Bolivia.

    Andean Saddle-back Tamarin

    Species Name: Leontocebus leucogenys
    Native Countries: Peru,Bolivia,Colombia,Brazil,Ecuador
    The Andean saddle tamarin, also known as the saddleback tamarin (formerly known as the brown-mantled tamarin), is a New World monkey species. Andean saddleback monkeys are considered "phyletic dwarfs," meaning their small size is related to their evolutionary development.

    Azara’s Night Monkey

    Species Name: Aotus azarae
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Paraguay,Brazil,Peru,Argentina
    Azara's night monkeys, also known as southern night monkeys and Azara's owl monkeys, are native to the Gran Chaco region of South America, a vast area with many different ecosystems, from savannas to grasslands to dry spiny forests and gallery forests. Genetic testing has shown that the males of this species mated pairs are the fathers of the babies they care for.

    Bare-eared Squirrel Monkey

    Species Name: Saimiri ustus
    Native Countries: Brazil,Bolivia
    The bare-eared squirrel monkey also called the golden-backed squirrel monkey, is a subspecies of the Saimiri sciureus group native to the tropical forests and jungles of South and Central America. The bare-eared squirrel monkey differs from other species because it does not have ear tufts.

    Black Howler monkey

    Species Name: Alouatta caraya
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Paraguay,Argentina
    Alouatta caraya is found in the tropical rain forests of central South America, extending through eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil, and northern Argentina. Alouatta Caraya monkeys are sexually dimorphic, with males weighing an average of 6.7 kg and females an average of 4.4 kg.

    Black Spider Monkey

    Species Name: Ateles paniscus
    Native Countries: Brazil,French Guiana,Guyana,Peru,Bolivia
    Ateles paniscus, the black spider monkey, is one of three sub-species of spider monkeys. Aside from the face, feet, and hands, they are covered in jet-black hair longer than a typical primate. Of all the Ateles species, Ateles paniscus is the largest.

    Black-capped Squirrel Monkey

    Species Name: Saimiri boliviensis
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Peru
    The black-capped squirrel monkey is a New-World primate species endemic to the upper Amazon basin in Bolivia, eastern Peru, and western Brazil. Primarily, black-capped squirrel monkeys are arboreal and found in native and plantation forests and some managed areas close to running water.

    Black-headed Night Monkey

    Species Name: Aotus nigriceps
    Native Countries: Brazil,Bolivia,Peru
    The black-headed night monkey is a nocturnal monkey species native to South America. The monkeys are small primates about the size of a small squirrel. The black-headed night monkeys in Peru have mainly inhabited degraded areas.

    Black-Tailed Marmoset

    Species Name: Mico melanurus
    Native Countries: Brazil,Bolivia,Paraguay
    The black-tailed marmoset is a New-World monkey species native to central South America. It is distributed from south-central Amazonia in Brazil to the Chaco far north of Paraguay. Black-tailed marmosets are arboreal and diurnal, using their claws for tree climbing.

    Bolivian Red Howler

    Species Name: Alouatta sara
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Colombia,Ecuador,French Guiana,Guyana,Peru,Suriname,Trinidad and Tobago,Venezuela
    The Bolivian red howler monkey is a New-World monkey species native to neotropical South America. The Bolivian red howlers live in groups of 1 to 3 males and 2 to 7 females. Males in bachelor groups try to dominate the female group by wrestling the lead male.

    Brown Titi

    Species Name: Plecturocebus brunneus
    Native Countries: Brazil,Peru,Bolivia
    The brown titi is another species of titi, a New World monkey native to South America. It was initially described in 1842 as Callicebus brunneus and transferred to the new genus Plecturocebus in 2016.

    Brown-mantled Tamarin

    Species Name: Leontocebus fuscicollis
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Peru
    The brown-mantled tamarin also called the Spix's saddleback tamarin, is a species of saddleback tamarin native to South America. The species are considered "phyletic dwarfs," meaning their small size is linked to their evolutionary development.

    Chacoan Titi Monkey

    Species Name: Plecturocebus pallescens
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Paraguay
    The Chacoan Titi Monkey is a species of titi (also called White-coated Titi), a type of New World monkey native to South America. These diurnal monkeys are stealthy and hard to spot as they navigate the canopy. They move between branches and trees by walking or jumping on four limbs.

    Coppery Titi

    Species Name: Plecturocebus cupreus
    Native Countries: Brazil,Peru,Bolivia
    The coppery titi, or the red titi, is a species of titi, a type of New-World monkey native to South America. Coppery titi monkeys have dense fur that covers most of the body except for the face.

    Eastern Pygmy Marmoset

    Species Name: Cebuella niveiventris
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Ecuador,Peru
    The eastern pygmy marmoset is a species of marmoset, a tiny New World monkey found in the southwestern Amazon rainforest. Notably, at just over 100 grams (3.5 ounces), the eastern pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey and among the smallest primates in the world.

    Emperor Tamarin

    Species Name: Saguinus imperator
    Native Countries: Peru,Bolivia
    The Emperor Tamarin is a species of tamarin named for its resemblance to the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. It lives in the states of Acre and Amazonas, western Brazil, and the southwestern Amazon basin.

    Goeldi’s Marmoset

    Species Name: Callimico goeldii
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Colombia,Ecuador,Peru
    Goeldi marmoset or Goeldi monkey is a small South American New-World monkey living in the upper Amazon basin region of Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. Goeldi marmosets generally stay less than 5 meters from the forest floor, moving to higher elevations for fruit.

    Gray’s Bald-faced Saki

    Species Name: Pithecia irrorata
    Native Countries: Brazil,Colombia,Peru,Bolivia
    Gray's Bald-faced Saki (Pithecia irrorata), also known as Rio Tapajós saki, is a New World monkey native to South America. These monkeys are renowned for being reclusive because they avoid humans and quiet nature.

    Hooded Capuchin

    Species Name: Sapajus cay
    Native Countries: Paraguay,Bolivia,Argentina,Brazil
    The Azaras capuchin or hooded capuchin (Sapajus cay) is a robust capuchin species. It is found in northern Argentina, southeastern Bolivia, eastern Paraguay, and Brazil. Its habitat consists of humid, subtropical, semi-deciduous, gallery forests and forests in the Pantanales.

    Humboldt’s White Capuchin

    Species Name: Cebus albifrons
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Colombia,Venezuela,Ecuador,Peru,Trinidad and Tobago
    Humboldt's white capuchins, also known as white-fronted capuchins, are a species of New-World monkeys and one of the smallest capuchin groups. Humboldt’s squirrel monkeys are usually led by a dominant male and female.

    Humboldt’s Woolly Monkey

    Species Name: Lagothrix lagothricha
    Native Countries: Colombia,Ecuador,Peru,Bolivia,Brazil,Venezuela
    Humboldt's woolly monkey, common woolly monkey, or brown woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha) is a woolly monkey endemic to South America. Humboldt's woolly monkeys can show subtle mood swings and intentions with various facial expressions.

    Madidi Titi

    Species Name: Plecturocebus aureipalatii
    Native Countries: Bolivia
    The Madidi titi also called the Golden Palace monkey, is a titi, a New World species of monkey discovered in 2004 in Madidi National Park in western Bolivia. The species got its name, Golden Palace, from an online casino after an auction.

    Ollala Brothers’ Titi

    Species Name: Plecturocebus olallae
    Native Countries: Bolivia
    The Ollala Brothers' titi (Plecturocebus olallae) is a marmoset species of New World monkeys native to Bolivia. Like all Neotropical primates (except Aotus), the Ollala brothers' titi monkeys are highly diurnal.

    Peruvian Spider Monkey

    Species Name: Ateles chamek
    Native Countries: Peru,Brazil,Bolivia
    Peruvian spider monkeys, like other Ateles species, have a prehensile tail that can be used to facilitate brachiation. Typically, Peruvian spider monkeys have completely black fur and complexions, unlike the lighter red-faced black spider monkey.

    Pygmy Marmoset (Finger Monkey)

    Species Name: Cebuella pygmaea
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Brazil,Colombia,Ecuador,Peru
    The pygmy marmoset (smallest monkey), genus Cebuella (also known as Finger Monkey), is a small genus of New-World monkeys endemic to the tropical rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. Pygmy marmosets are also highly territorial, using scent glands to mark territories of up to 100 hectares.

    Red-Chested Mustached Tamarin

    Species Name: Saguinus labiatus
    Native Countries: Brazil,Peru,Bolivia
    The Red-chested mustached tamarin (Saguinus labiatus), also known as Red-bellied Tamarin, is a tamarin that lives in the Amazon region of Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia. The red belly of these New World monkeys is their most striking external feature.

    Rio Beni Titi

    Species Name: Plecturocebus modestus
    Native Countries: Bolivia
    The Rio Beni tití is a New World monkey species belonging to the genus Callicebus of the family Pitheciidae. It is native to Bolivia and is found mainly in the eastern parts of Bolivia in the upper basins of the Mamoré and Grande rivers.

    Ryland’s Bald-faced Saki

    Species Name: Pithecia rylandsi
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Peru,Brazil
    The Ryland's Bald-Faced Saki (Pithecia rylandsi) is a controversial species of saki monkey, a New World monkey species. It is one of the largest sakis. This South American monkey was named after Brazilian primatologist Anthony Rylands, a former professor of vertebrate zoology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and founding editor of the journal Neotropical Primates.

    Shock-headed Capuchin

    Species Name: Cebus cuscinus
    Native Countries: Bolivia,Peru
    The shock-headed capuchin (Cebus cuscinus) is a gracile capuchin monkey native to Peru and Bolivia. This New-world monkey was previously classified as a subspecies of the Humboldt's capuchin (Cebus albifrons), but in 2013 Rylands and Mittermeier raised it to a separate species, following genetic studies done by Boubli et al. in 2012, and Lynch Alfaro et al. in 2010.

    Spix’s White-fronted Capuchin

    Species Name: Cebus unicolor
    Native Countries: Brazil,Peru,Bolivia
    Spix's White-fronted Capuchin (Cebus unicolor) is a species of a gracile capuchin monkey. The species is widespread in the upper Amazon basin in Peru and Brazil. It is also present in northern Bolivia. According to the genetic studies by Boubli et al., Ryland and Mittermeier elevated it to a distinct species.

    Toppin’s Titi

    Species Name: Plecturocebus toppini
    Native Countries: Brazil,Peru,Bolivia
    Toppin's Titi (Plecturocebus toppini) is a species of Titi, a species of New World monkey endemic to Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. It got its name from Captain Toppin, who collected the type specimen of this species near the Tahuamanu River in Peru.

    Weddell’s Saddle-Back Tamarin

    Species Name: Leontocebus weddelli
    Native Countries: Brazil,Bolivia,Peru
    The Weddell's saddle-back tamarin (Leontocebus weddelli) is a species of saddle-back tamarin, a species of small South American monkey. Weddell's saddle-back tamarins are tree dwellers. As such, they are phenomenal climbers with sharp claws that allow them to cling to the sides of trees.

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    Key References
    • [1]“FRONTLINE/WORLD . Bolivia – Leasing the Rain . Facts and Stats about Bolivia | PBS”. Accessed August 27, 2022. Link.
    • [2]“Rare Monkey Adapts to Fragmented Habitat by Dieting and Reducing Activity > Newsroom”. Accessed August 27, 2022. Link.

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